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Features: About the Cover Artist: Lee D’Zmura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Trophy Wife: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Academy Art Museum’s Bright Future: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . 23 Catfish Paradise: Mary Syrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Working Artists Forum Celebrates 30 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Leaning Tower of Light: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . 139 Chesapeake Chamber Music Finalists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Departments: March Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Queen Anne’s County Invites You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Tilghman – Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 March Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Artist Lee Boulay-D’Zmura

Talbot County artist Lee D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. With a focus on historic landscape preservation, her professional projects include the Jefferson Memorial and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., and Ann-Marie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD. The transition from landscape documentation and design to botanical painting was a natural extension of her knowledge and love of plants. Her watercolors are an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of the individual specimen with bo-

tanical accuracy. The fine detail in her paintings is, in part, the result of years of technical drawing. D’Zmura received her certificate in Botanical Art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, where she now teaches the advanced watercolor classes. She also studied with several master botanical artists and is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, the Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League. Her work is in collections throughout the country. She maintains a studio in St. Michaels, where she draws inspiration from her neighbors’ gardens and from the native wildflowers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Locally, her work can be seen at Easton’s Promise Art Gallery in Easton. Adkins Arboretum will host an exhibit of her paintings of invasive plants in June.


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Trophy Wife by Helen Chappell

People tell me things. Sometimes it’s whether I want to know or not. Perhaps I have a sympathetic face, or the fact that I’m a writer makes me look like a priest in the confessional to some folks. Sometimes, they just want to tell their story. And no, I don’t mean the people who collar me and tell me they’ve had an interesting life and they ought to tell me all about it, so I can write it down and get it published and we can split the big bucks fiftyfifty. I don’t even know where to start with what’s wrong with that whole idea! This story started out simply enough. I am always joking with the ladies at my gym that I’m looking for a 93-year-old, childless widower with one foot in the grave who will leave me a fortune that will allow me to live the lifestyle to which I’d like to become accustomed. Of course, I’m only half joking, but let’s face it, I’m no Anna Nicole Smith, and thank God for that. My suspicion is that 93-year-old men are looking for 20-year-old blondes with figures like two cantaloupes on an ironing board. Turns out, I wasn’t far from the truth. She was a friend of a friend of a friend, she said when she asked

to “Friend” me on Facebook. She wondered if we could have lunch because she had a story she wanted to tell. The thumbnail FB picture showed me a woman who would generally have no interest in, or for, me. She could have been anywhere between 35 and 45, with those cheekbones you’d die for and honey-blonde hair pulled back at the nape of her neck. She seemed to be on a sailboat, and she had the aura of high maintenance one sometimes sees drifting in and out of Talbot County’s pricier restaurants. Instinctively, I thought, this is a woman who does not like other women. So why contact me? I was curious, so I friended her. She immediately made a lunch date with me, at one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I had to shove a few things around; missing a day on the dreadmill and the crank and the bike was probably going to kill me, but a good lunch at someone else’s expense was too much of a temptation to pass up. And, as is well known, I can resist anything but temptation. I knew her the minute I walked into the restaurant. She’d chosen a fairly secluded seat with low 9



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I know some people with enough money to buy and sell me, and you too, but you’d never know, just by looking at their unpretentious clothes and uncolored hair, that they were worth the gross national product of a small country. At the risk of sounding snotty, old money, the stuff that’s been around for generations, doesn’t shine. It has a nice quiet patina and drives a beat-up Volvo. It doesn’t need to Shout. In fact, a lot of the time, it’s quite pleasant and a lot of fun and very involved in the community. After surveying my attire, which I consider neat but not gaudy, and doubtless pricing every stitch of my clothing to the last dime, my Facebook Friend settled down.

lighting, as if we were meeting to exchange classified information, which, maybe we were. She was frighteningly gorgeous in person, the kind of beauty that scares me. Long, regular features, creamy skin, makeup so perfectly applied it almost wasn’t there, a silk shirt that would have cost me a month’s rent, a long, lean body in soft cashmere slacks and a pair of pumps worth more than my car. Nothing too garish or obvious, mind you, but you knew there was money there, and you were expected to know there was money there. And it costs a lot of money to look that quietly rich.







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glass of white wine and pronouncing it acceptable, if a bit vinegary. “X told me you were curious about it,” she added, mentioning a mutual friend, a lady with whom I sometimes lunch, who knows everyone. The wine, which I was enjoying, loosened my defenses. “I talk a good game about it. But honestly, no one wants a chunky middle-aged woman, not even the most avid reader. Although, it would be nice not to have to worry about money any more.” She raised one eyebrow. Or, at least tried to. It occurred to me that she was so nipped and tucked and Botoxed that any kind of facial movement was hard. “Lissen,” she said, leaning across

“I read your stuff. I love your mysteries. So funny.” She ordered a glass of designer water and a green salad with a few slivers of salmon. “I haven’t had a piece of chocolate in ten years,” she sighed. “And I can’t recall the last time I ate a steak. I have to work to stay in a size 2.” Her voice was low, with a faint nasality of the Midwest. When she smiled, it didn’t reach her eyes or disturb her forehead. Her teeth were white, even and perfect, if a little too large - like the diamond on her ring finger, which was the size of Hog Neck’s skating rink.”You wanted to know about marrying rich,” she said after sampling a



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the table, “there is no free lunch. You marry an old man for his money, any man for his money, you end up paying for it, twenty-four seven, for the rest of your life, or until the divorce, whichever happens first. Oh, of course, you have everything you could possibly want. We have houses in Georgetown and London and an island in the Caribbean. We have pieds-a-terre in Paris and New York. “Shopping is my life. I can have anything money can buy clothes, cars, friends. I have to look good, all the time; that’s part of the contract. He wants a woman who he can parade as arm

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have no life of my own. He owns me like a crack dealer owns his clients because I’m addicted to the money and the things it can buy me. “It’s like a drug to be able to drop $2,500 on a dress I’ll wear twice, $700 on a pair of shoes. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t breathe. I might settle down with a Real Housewives show or something and have to drop that because he wants to play cards or have me entertain his business clients. I have no life. Just money. Not even power. Just money.” She swallowed her wine and looked hard at me, and I looked back at a woman who was far older and far harder than she needed to be. “Is that what you want?” she asked me. “Well,” I said, “I wouldn’t mind giving it a two-week tryout.”

Pilates with all the other trophy wives. If I gain as much as a pound, he notices it. He wants me pencil thin, and I try to keep myself that way. I’m hungry all the time, and angry because I’m so hungry all the time. I used to be a flight attendant, looking for a rich man. Then I met one, fresh off his last divorce.” She leaned over, her eyes burning into mine. It was then that I saw the thin white scars on the sides of her hairline, the colored contacts that didn’t quite disguise the trapped animal look, the plumpedup lips that never smiled. But the hands were a dead giveaway. They always are. Her face looked 35, but her hands, veiny and boney, told me she was really closer to 50. I wondered if she lied to her rich husband about her age. “The worst part is being ‘on call’ twenty-four seven. I have no life of my own. I’m totally on beck and call and at his whim all the time. I’m like a geisha, except a geisha is an honorable profession in Japan. I

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New Exhibits Highlight Academy Art Museum’s Bright Future by Dick Cooper

Erik Neil is clearly very pleased. He is standing in the middle of an Academy Art Museum gallery s u r r ou nde d b y or i g i n a l w ork s by famed A merican ar tist Mark Rothko. “You can see the progression of his work over the years,” Neil says as he points to a sma l l f ra med sketch of a woman. “I like this piece a lot because you can see his fingerprints on it. It was some-

thing he must have been fond of and kept it around.” Neil tours the room, showing how Rothko’s work evolved, ending with the large, heavily textured abstract blocks of color that became his signature. For Neil, who has been the director of Easton’s premier art gallery and museum for almost two years, the Rothko exhibition is an indication of how well the Academy is

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practices,” he says. “We also have a very good exhibition history here.” As Neil walks through the Academy, it is clear that it is much more than just a place to display art. A classroom door opens, and a f lurry five-year-old future Van Goghs in smocks f lood into the hallway. In a large room on the second f loor, a dozen artists are poised at their easels working on landscapes. In another room down the corridor, ripening pears are positioned just so for a still-life class. Neil, who had been the director of the acclaimed Heckscher Museum of Art on Long Island, says he was attracted to the Academy by its diversity of programing. He says one of the aspects of the success of

regarded in the museum world. It is one of only four in Maryland that is accredited by the American Association of Museums. He says the fact that the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., would lend the Academy the eight paintings and seven drawings by Rothko proves the local institution is deemed worthy. The Rothko exhibit is paired with a show of art works by Oxfordarea resident Kyung-Lim Lee that features works on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. “When we are able to get loans from the National Gallery and the museum in Houston, that is another marker of us following best

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school building that has ser ved Easton as a center of education since 1820. It was purchased by the Academy of Arts, as it was called then, in 1960 and expanded over the decades to its current configuration that includes a performance hall that features the annual Chesapea ke Chamber Music Festiva l. That competition draws musicians from around the world. Education remains central to Nei l’s v i sion for t he A c ademy. The A r tReach program features f ield t r ip s to t he A c ademy for children attending public, private and parochial schools in Talbot, D or c he s ter, Q ue en A n ne’s a nd Caroline counties. The trips include not only tours of the galleries but

the Academy Art Museum is that it includes performances, educational classes, and features public speakers as well as exhibitions. It is also one of the major venues for Plein Air Competition and the Waterfowl Festival. “We have dance classes in ballet and ballroom dancing, piano and voice instruction, and if I had a guitar instructor, we would have guitar,” Neil says. “We really have multiple avenues to meet the needs of the community. I think that is what keeps us relevant. People see that there are multiple ways to get value from the Academy.” The core of the Academy complex on the corner of South Harrison and South streets is the historic

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ate degrees from Harvard. “We also want to enhance the adult program all around.” Nei l se e s t he A c ademy i s a n economic stimulus to Easton and Talbot County. “Pe ople c ome to a n op en i ng here and then they go to the other galleries in town or they go to the Bartlett Pear or Scossa or the other restaurants in town,” he says. “We work with the Tidewater Camera Club or the Working Artists Forum to provide a venue so dedicated artists have a place. Would there be a half dozen art galleries in town if the Academy was not here?” Neil says he had several goals when he came to Easton, and at the top of his list was running a tight financial ship. “I can’t overemphasize how important that is,” he says. “If you can’t get the donations and underwriting and maintain the memberships, you can’t do anything. They are critical.” He says the Academy is in sound shape. “We have no debt and we have a balanced budget.” The corps of volunteers helps keep costs down and service up, he said. “We have great volunteers. The Board, the Finance Committee, the Education Committee and others make it all work.” He says his other goals are to continue to serve the community interests while broadening the attraction of the exhibits. “I am committed to having top-f light exhibitions.

Mark Rothko - Untitled, 1955 Oil on canvas from the National Gallery of Art, Washington Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. also hands-on projects where the children can get a feel of making works of art. “I am working toward a full educational program that would have a full-time educator and programs for K through 12 and after-school programs. My goal is to have every kid in Talbot County come to Academy ever y year,” says Neil, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and master’s and doctor30

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the facility itself. Those are all good, but getting us better known is something I would like to do over the next five years.” He says he would like the Academy Art Museum to become a destination for art tourism. “I think the Rothko show can do that. For people who are interested in contemporary art and Rothko, there are works here they have never seen before, and that’s the sort of thing that might bring someone over the Bridge or down from Philadelphia.” The Mark Rothko and Kyung-Lim Lee Exhibition is on display at the Academy Art Museum, 106 South Harrison Street, Easton, until April 22. More information can be found on the Academy’s website, www.

The Academy Art Museum There is a certain exhibition that when someone comes to town and comes to the Academy Art Museum and says, ‘Wow, that is a great show.’ That’s the type of exhibits we want.” Neil says that when he moved to Easton he talked to several community leaders who felt that the Academy was not open enough. “I think that was more of a misconception, because we had a lot of these collaborations going on. I think maybe we were not letting people know enough about what was going on. That is a marketing thing. We have to let people know we are open to our community to give greater value to people’s lives here.” Neil says he is working to increase the stature of the Academy in the region and in the state. “We want to maintain and improve,” he said. “When museum professionals visit, they are amazed at the quality of the art we are showing, the breadth of our programing and

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Catfish Paradise by Mary Syrett

the catfish. Despite an ability to grow to immense size and a willingness to devour many different kinds of bait, “cats” are accorded respect by too few anglers. Sure, catching a 30-pound striped bass is fun – but catching a 30-pound catfish is even more fun, in the opinion of many people. And on various Tidewater waterways, given the excellent catfish habitat to be found, catching a 30-pound cat isn’t all that difficult. Furthermore, a tasty bonus comes

Sometimes the best way to stay unnoticed is to go along quietly, minding your own business – more or less in front of everybody. This is a tactic used by some of Chesapeake Bay’s biggest, tastiest fish that hug the bottom of rivers, ponds and lakes and, by doing so, stay largely out of sight. If more anglers knew what delicious creatures lurk in waters here, there might well be a run on fishing tackle at sporting goods stores. The creature I am referring to is

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are native to the Chesapeake Bay: white catfish, brown bullheads and yellow bullheads. Bigger varieties, including flathead catfish, blues and channel catfish, are found in the upper Chesapeake Bay and in some Tidewater rivers. Channel catfish closely resemble their larger cousins, the blue catfish. Both creatures have forked tails. However, channels, unlike blues, have scattered black spots along their back and sides. Large channel cats, over time, lose the black spots and take on a blueblack coloration, which shades to white on the belly. The maximum size is around 45 pounds (the world channel cat record is 58 pounds, 11 ounces, caught in the Santee-

with this angling action: for every big catfish that swims here, many smaller cats, each one an ideal size as the main ingredient for a fish fry, are eager to take your offering. No matter how you slice it, big fish or small, day or night, sport or supper, catfish anglers can’t go wrong. Catfish (order Silurformes) are a diverse group. Named for their prominently displayed “barbels” – slender, whisker-like sensory organs located on the head – they swim in freshwater and brackish environments of many kinds, with species found on every continent except Antarctica. Three species of bullhead catfish

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catfish; however, most are taken on dead or live bait. Chicken livers and gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers, red worms, fish belly strips and stink baits are all used as catfish bait, which most anglers send straight to the bottom. However, if the bottom is super weedy, a float can be used to suspend an offering. If you’re boat fishing, try and anchor above a known catfish hotspot (for precise locations, inquire at local bait shops). Catfish frequently congregate around underwater mounds. Cast to one of them and retrieve slowly. Your rod tip will more than likely bend as you drag your sinker up the side of a mound. When the rod tip straightens, you are probably on the ridge of

Cooper Reservoir, South Carolina, in 1964). The fish average around five pounds. The diet of catfish varies, consisting of aquatic insects, crayfish, larvae, small fish, crustaceans, frogs, freshwater mollusks and seeds carried in the water. Contrary to popular belief, carrion is not a favorite food. Catfish feed primarily at night using sensory buds located in the sensitive barbels and throughout the skin to locate prey. Although they feed most of the time on the bottom, catfish do occasionally feed on the surface. Trolling minnow-imitation lures do occasionally succeed in catching

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haps a shore clearing near a river’s outside bend, a spot beside a pond levee, or a gravel bar adjacent to a deep hole in a small stream. Ideal sites have brush-free banks that make for snag-free casting. When bank fishing on a Tidewater river, you can fish different locations simply by letting your bait drift in the current beneath a bobber. This activity allows bait to move naturally downstream, flowing through rapids and settling enticingly in or near catfish holes. Keep your line tight. If the line is slack, it will bow downstream ahead of the bait. This unfortunate situation leaves you in a poor position for setting the hook should a catfish strike.

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into a net). If you anticipate this happening, use heavy line, keep your drag set, and pull the fish up on land as far as possible before removing the hook. Where, Specifically, to Catfish Around Chesapeake Bay. The range of catfish locales spans many areas; cats thrive in ponds, lakes, watersheds, rivers and

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but they originally made their home in moving streams. Many people regard flatheads as the ugliest member of the catfish family; when, however, it comes to tasty fillets, most food aficionados concur: flatheads are tops for the table. The critters inhabit many rivers, creeks, ponds and lakes, and can be caught on a variety of baits.

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largest flathead caught in American waters tipped the scales at 76 pounds, five ounces. The creature’s fondness for live food has fisheries officials concerned about some native species, including the redbreast sunfish, white catfish and bullhead species, whose numbers have all declined in areas where flatheads thrive. Flathead catfish are not native to many states; the species was introduced to Maryland, for example, in the mid-1960s as a sport fish. Little did Maryland officials know then that the flathead, which gets along well with other fish in its natural habitat – the Mississippi River and its tributaries from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico – would

Some words of warning are needed for flatheads. Anglers love the flathead catfish because it’s big, puts up a fight and tastes good. But the flathead has a dark side: to survive it needs to eat living fish, and lots of them. The flathead is unique among American catfish in that it is an obligate carnivore, meaning that it must eat live fish or living invertebrates, including crabs and crayfish. It won’t eat plants or any dead matter, and you can’t catch flatheads using chicken livers. To gain one pound, flatheads must eat about ten pounds of live food. That adds up to a feeding frenzy when you consider that the

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ally wrap fillets in plastic, squeezing all the air out. * Before cooking, trim any freezer-burned portions away. The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provide enough whiskerfish action to meet the sporting demands of most anglers. Catfish may not quite have the cachet of bass, trout or bluefish, but as table fare, they’re unrivaled. Enjoy and remember to keep your fishing area clean by taking your trash with you!

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Working Artists Forum Celebrates 30 Years for profit� corporation. Members continue to meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum and show their work in various locations around the Eastern Shore and beyond. Originally, any interested artist could join the Working Artists Forum. Most early artists worked in watercolor, while today oil, acrylic, pastel and other materials are used as well. As numbers increased, a jury system was established to select new members. In September of each year, new members are juried

Members of the Working Artists Forum are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a show and celebration through April 1 at Chesapeake College, Todd Performing Arts Center, Wye Mills campus. The Working Artists Forum is an active organization of more than 80 professional painters working in one or more mediums. The 13 founding artist members started meeting in Easton in 1979. In 1981 the group became a legal affiliation of the Academy of Arts in Easton and in 1991 became a “not

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into this professional group. Potential members must be sponsored by a Working Artists Forum member in good standing. The final selection jury consists of established Working Artists Forum members. Members come from many geographic locations and diverse professions. These artists have pieces of their work included in private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad. Members have received numerous awards and prizes in innumerable competitions and shows. Professional expertise of the membership is fostered through programs, group critiques, demonstrations, workshops and member exhibitions. Pro bono work for the community is encouraged for members. An example of such service is the annual cash donations made to one elementary school in each of the five Mid-Shore counties. The donations are made on a rotating basis and designated to foster visual arts programs and “keep the creative spark alive,” as one instructor commented. The art teacher in each school selects and purchases the materials he, or she, needs for the classroom. Members of the Working Artists Forum believe that teachers and their students are an important part of our vibrant art community. Several members of Working Artists Forum participate with the

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shows held at the museum. Working Artists Forum hosts the Local Color Show at Easton’s Tidewater Inn each summer. This show is held concurrently with and under the auspices of the annual Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival. All artists living on the Delmarva Peninsula are invited to participate in this juried and judged event that attracts art enthusiasts from across our country. Painting demonstrations and conversations with nationally recognized artists are provided for the public free of charge. Members assist, also, with the Children’s Paint Out, an additional show event. Many Working Artists Forum members participate in the annual

Talbot County Mentors, mentoring young student artists on a one-onone basis for several weeks each year. Each session concludes with a show and reception featuring the students’ creative works. As a group, these artists have done murals for the Eastern Shore Hospital in Cambridge and for the Talbot Senior Center in Easton, decorated trees for the annual Festival of Trees, served as judges for children’s art programs and donated artwork for the Dixon House, an assisted living home in Easton. Members have benefited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum through the sales of their artwork during the

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Arts in Easton banner program. These original banners hang from the lamp posts in downtown historic Easton from early summer until early December each year. Then, following an always lively auction, the proceeds benefit the individual artists and arts programs in Easton. Working Artists Forum artists frequently garner top bids for their banner. Annual and biennial member shows offer the members opportunities to exhibit their work as a group while sharing their most recent creations with art enthusiasts and collectors. Show venues have included the Selections Gallery of


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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741 - 1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 63


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Queen Anne’s County Old workboats putter out of fog-shrouded marinas at dawn; bird-watchers keep eyes peeled for migrating wildfowl; friendly shopkeepers peddle ripe produce or showcase fine antiques. This is Queen Anne’s County, a world of scenic shoreline and fertile farmland. Start your journey at the Chesapeake Exploration Center (CEC) on beautiful Kent Narrows, home to “Our Chesapeake Legacy,” a handson interactive exhibit providing an overview of the Chesapeake Bay region’s heritage, resources and culture. The exhibit explores man’s relationship with the Bay, covers the early history including the settlement, importance of tobacco as a monetary staple, and explores the importance of the key industries of agriculture, commercial fishing, and current efforts to preserve the Bay. While at the Chesapeake Exploration Center, pick up a free copy of our award-winning Heritage Guide Map. Visitors and residents can explore the entire span of Maryland’s history, and spend the day, or just a few hours, touring the historic treasures, from watching the heavy stones turned by a waterwheel at the Old Wye Mill, to helping uncover history in an archaeological dig. Those historic doors are tossed open during the Historic Sites Consortium’s Open House Weekends on the first Saturday of every month, May through October (second Saturday in July), when docents conduct tours of 14 of the county’s historic gems from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also at the Exploration Center is the free map, Explore Our Great Outdoors, which directs you to our nature preserves and parks and helps you to identify native species of birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles. Chesapeake Exploration Center is also a great starting point for the highly acclaimed Cross Island Trail that spans Kent Island from the Kent Narrows to the Chesapeake Bay. Bike, blade, walk, or jog through canopied trees, marshland abundant with wildlife, and fields that grow sweet corn. For more information about CEC you can call 410-604-2100 or visit Hungry? Our fabulous waterfront restaurants line the Kent Narrows, where the catch of the day moves from workboat to skillet. Enjoy a restful night in a charming B&B or comfortable hotel, and treat yourself to some casual outlet shopping, or antiquing in our slow-paced, small towns. 65



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The Litigators by John Grisham. Doubleday. 383 pp. $28.95. There are rich lawyers and poor lawyers. Grisham opens his novel with the latter group – “a boutique firm,” as its partners call it. The firm specializes in two things: quickie divorces and DUIs. The staff also numbers two: Finley and Figg, a mismatched pair of losers who work out of a bungalow in a seedy part of Chicago. Finley and Figg bicker constantly. Two other live creatures round out the rumpled unit – Rochelle, who answers the phone, shields the men from angry clients and bill collectors; and the resident dog, who shields the office from nightime thieves, arsonists and drunks. The dog’s formal name is Ambulance Chaser, AC for short. He’s always the first to hear the siren of an ambulance and alerts anyone in the office to dash into the street to sign up a client before the competition beats them to it. Setting up a contrast, Grisham segues to the other extreme, the

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nowhere to be found, and David is left holding the bag. It’s classic John Grisham at his magic tricks again, constructing a torture cage for the hapless good guy. All the chips are piled against him. His goose is cooked. And then Grisham yanks off the sparkly silk cloth, and ... POOF! As the author has done in 22 previous novels, the climax in The Litigators is not what the reader anticipates. Indeed, the reader is temporarily confused – did the good guys win or lose? Or neither? Or both? For a lively dinner party, in advance, ask your favorite litigators to

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plums opened up and showed color. The good news is that the January warm spell is not expected to negatively impact the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. It is interesting that during this warm spell the USDA Agricultural Research Service released the longawaited revision of the Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM) on January 25th. This release provides an update of a very useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990. The map has greater accuracy and detail than the 1990 map and is a collaboration of between the Agricultural

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The new version of the map includes 13 zones, with the addition for the first time of zones 12 (50-60 degrees Fahrenheit) and 13 (60-70 degrees Fahrenheit). Each zone is a 10-degree Fahrenheit band, further divided into 5-degree Fahrenheit zones “A” and “B.” To help develop the new map, Williamsburg Awning USDA and OSU requested that horticultural and climatic experts review the zones in their geographic area, and trial versions of the new map were revised based on their expert input. Williamsburg Deck House Compared to the 1990 version, zone boundaries in this edition of the map have shifted in many areas. The new map is generally one 5-degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer

States. The increases in accuracy and detail will be extremely useful for gardeners and researchers. A little explanation is in order to help understand the map. Plant hardiness zone designations represent the average annual extreme minimum temperatures at a given location during a particular time period. They do not reflect the coldest it has ever been or ever will be at a specific location, but simply the average lowest winter temperature for the location over a specified time. Low temperature during the winter is a crucial factor in the survival of plants in specific locations.

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than the previous map throughout much of the United States. This “warming” is not the result of climate change but is mostly a result of using temperature data from a longer and more recent time period; the new map uses data measured at weather stations during the 30-year period 1976-2005. In contrast, the 1990 map was based on temperature data from only a 13-year period of 1974-1986. However, some of the changes in the zones are a result of new, more sophisticated methods for mapping zones between weather stations. These include algorithms that considered, for the first time, such factors as changes in elevation, nearness to large bodies of water, and

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near Salisbury that is equally distant between the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean which is historically a few degrees colder in the winter than the surround area. My county of Caroline is divided between zone 7a and 7b. Where I live near Bethlehem is zone 7a, while you go five miles north to Harmony and it is in zone 7b. In fact there was a question as to the accuracy of the map for the Eastern Shore. The design team for the map verified with local sources that the zones indicated were correct for the area. If you look at the map of the Delmarva Peninsula you can see how the Bay and the Atlantic Ocean influence the temperatures. While about 80 million Ameri-

I called and talked to the person in charge of their map development he would not answer my questions as to how the map was developed or what statistical methods or weather data sets were used. The new USDA map has been peer reviewed and verified for its accuracy. Now, I know that there are always “outliers.” I have already seen some comments posted in the nursery trade press saying that the map was not accurate for “their location.” We have to remember that there are always unique locations and microclimates that vary from the general map. For example, there is a location

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can gardeners, as well as those who grow and breed plants, are the largest users of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, many others need this hardiness zone information. For example, the USDA Risk Management Agency uses the USDA plant hardiness zone designations to set some crop insurance standards. Scientists use the plant hardiness zones as a data layer in many research models such as modeling the spread of exotic weeds and insects. Many nursery crop producers reproduce the map in their sales catalogs for their plant material and we also see it on seed packages, and in gardening magazines and other publications. In the past, a poster-sized ver-

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Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. LAGRANGE PLANTATION - home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, LaGrange Plantation offers a range of local history and heritage on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit


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Dorchester Points of Interest DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100-foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 800-522-8687 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August, Crabtoberfest in October and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester.

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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton — The county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, Historic Downtown Easton is today a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Treelined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, historic Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and Vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. The Avalon has a year-round schedule of entertainment and cultural events. For information on current and upcoming activities, call 410-822-0345 or visit 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Talbot County Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. You can call the Tourism office at 410-770-8000 or visit 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. Today it is a 103

Easton Points of Interest restaurant and bed and breakfast, run by a member of the Bartlett family. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. Why are there geese in front of the armory? Because the old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season. Be sure to come back the second weekend in November to enjoy this event. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes to adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CRAFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show) featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit



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Easton Points of Interest Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its influences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GRAND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building they first met in is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. Other Sites in Easton 17. FOXLEY HALL - Built about 1795 at 24 N. Aurora St., Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament

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Easton Points of Interest Full service pro shop. For more info. tel: 410-822-6079. 26. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. 27. EASTON AIRPORT - 29137 Newnam Rd., just off Rt. 50. 28. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-8224903 or visit 29. TALBOT COUNTRY CLUB - Established in 1910, the Talbot Country Club is located at 6142 Country Club Drive, Easton. 30. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - Only the ruins remain, but the churchyard contains the grave of the elder Robert Morris, who died July 22, 1750. The parish had a rector of the Church of England in 1690.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful landlocked harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. 114


St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. The Inn is now a member of the Orient Express Hotels. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1874, Dodson, along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for “the old Parsonae house.”

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found


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St. Michaels Points of Interest on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410745-2900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it

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as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry St. near Locust St.). 14. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Located at 106 S. Fremont St. has recently been remodeled. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company. 17. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as





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St. Michaels Points of Interest the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. 18. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 19. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. 20. THE INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the tree tops to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. Result: The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the attic stairway. This town “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare.


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 22. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 23. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of ARTESIAN WELL COMPANY, INC. 19th century life in St. Michaels. The name that has meant The exhibits are housed in three quality water systems for over 125 years. period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by · All sizes of Plastic We can or Steel Wells residents. The museum is suphandle all · Gould’s ported entirely through commuSubmersible, of your nity efforts. Open May-October, Jet and Lineshaft water Mon., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., 1 to Turbine Pumps needs. · Constant Pressure 4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Pumps Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Other days on re· Geothermal Loops quest. Admission is $3 for adults · Trenching and $1 for children with children under 6 free. 410-745-9561 or FREE ESTIMATES www.stmichaelsmuseumcom. 410-745-5071 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a John (Jack) T. Shannahan, Sr. - President

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country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated, it has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Pascal’s Restaurant & Tavern. 28. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The 8-foot-wide path is a former railroad bed and is popular with walkers and cyclists who want to stay away from traffic. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a horse farm and historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.

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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow.

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Oxford Points of Interest Lt. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www. 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410226-5193 or

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4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. O X F O R D M U S E U M - M o r r i s & M a r k e t S t s . D e v o t e d t o t h e memories and tangible mementos of Oxford, MD. Closed November 13, 2011 until Oxford Day, April 28, 2012. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a Maryland Military Academy built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


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Oxford Points of Interest Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court ‘pitcht upon’ to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. (Closed for the Season) 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures.

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were; an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay ‘skipjacks’ (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 137

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Once more than 700 acres, Sharp’s Island has been washed away, long since and utterly, by the inexorable Bay. Only its lighthouse now marks the spot, guiding vessels past the shoal out there southwest of Tilghman’s Island. It helps vessels traversing the Bay to stay clear, and for those entering or leaving the Great Choptank River, it marks where to turn. Because it’s down that-away and now bereft of its parent island, residents of Tilghman’s Island may be forgiven for now thinking of it as “their” lighthouse. In any event, most Keepers of the Sharp’s Island Light lived on Tilghman, and many were born there. It looks pretty lonely out there, especially in winter. No pleasure craft are about, and these days even tongers are scarce. Still, there it stands, a bit forlorn and resolute. Though it looks ancient, it is not the first Sharp’s Island Light – or even the second. The first light was built by Thomas Evans in 1838 on Sharp’s Island, then owned by Joseph W. Reynolds. The best location for navigational purposes would have been right on the north shore, but erosion there already was so rapid that the Lighthouse Service decided

the lighthouse should be several hundred yards inland. Trees could be removed to ensure visibility. A tract of ten acres was purchased for the purpose, for which Reynolds was paid $600, a very tidy sum for the time.

Evans constructed the lighthouse and felled the trees so the light could be seen from north, west and southwest. No picture of this first Sharp’s Island Light has been located, but it was described as a wooden house with a lamp 30 feet above the ground. It probably resembled this one, built eighteen years later at Jones Point off Alexandria, Virginia, although the tower on Sharp’s would have been three stories high. Among the Keepers of this first light were Samuel Harris,


Leaning Tower Jeremiah Valliant, Harriet Valliant and James Sinclair. Erosion proceeded even faster than expected, however. Despite their precaution of placing it well back from the shore, in just ten years, the lighthouse found itself at the water’s edge. By 1848, the Lighthouse Service was obliged to move it further back from the waves. Congress mandated a sweeping review of the country’s lighthouses in 1851, which concluded that the Chesapeake lights were in a deplorable state – due to shoddy construction, disrepair and erosion. Within a few years, every light in the area had been upgraded; Sharp’s got a

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fine fifth-order Fresnel lens in 1855. The waters of the Bay were relentless. By 1865, acres more had washed away from the western side of Sharp’s and the waves were undercutting one corner of the building. It was so near collapse that the lens and apparatus had to be removed. Sadly, and dangerously, no light at all was shown at Sharp’s Island from the 1st to 15th of November, 1865, when a temporary light finally was set up. With the ending of the Civil War the following year, the Lighthouse Service went to work on the Bay lights. Concluding that Sharp’s Island itself was too prone to erosion to serve as a base for the light, they turned instead to one of the new “screw-pile” structures. This ingenious British device was first introduced into the Delaware Bay in 1850. Metal pilings were twisted down into the muddy bottom by 40 men working at a capstan; the house and light were constructed on a platform above the framework. Accordingly, a screw-pile lighthouse was constructed off the northwest corner of Sharp’s Island. This second Sharp’s Island Light went into operation in 1867. Among the Keepers were Richard Gibson, John W. Gibson, Isaac B. Gibson, Daniel Hope, John H. Seward, James Hope, John A. Sinclair, Clifton Hope, Robert G. Kinnamon, R. G. Ross, Columbus Butler and Charles Tarr. Unfortunately for the new light, the weather in the 1870s was par-



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An ice-breaker was constructed. ticularly intense, and it lasted barely fourteen years. The Centennial Storm of 1876 hit Sharp’s Island particularly hard, dashing water over the treetops and cutting the island in two. It was not the wind and waves that posed the most serious threat to the screw-pile lighthouse, however. It was ice. Heavy ice in the winters of 1877 and 1879 caused considerable damage to the braces beneath the lighthouse. In response, the Lighthouse Service planted a V-shaped iron icebreaker on the bottom about 200 feet south of the lighthouse, a trick that had proved successful in protecting the 1873 Thomas Point Shoal light off South River. They hoped it would cleave the ice and protect the legs if the Bay froze over. It wasn’t enough. In January of 1881, the temperature plummeted, stayed down and the Bay froze over once again. When the cold eased

in early February, the ice began to break up into huge slabs. At dawn on Thursday, February 10, Keeper Columbus Butler and his assistant Charles Tarr found themselves enveloped in a dense fog. Slabs of ice, invisible in the waters below, ground their way past and through the support structure – we can only imagine how it felt and sounded. Suddenly the platform lurched and tipped as the legs buckled and the framework collapsed into the Bay. Fortunately, the platform came to rest on the Bay ice more or less level. Although a boat was at hand, Butler and Tarr refused to abandon the lighthouse as it floated away on the tide. For sixteen hours they drifted slowly to the northeast. Their journey finally came to an end when they ground to a halt in Paw Paw Cove, Tilghman’s Island – some five miles from where they had begun their day. At low tide, they managed to salvage the lens, the oil, personal belongings, and even the library – but the lighthouse itself was beyond repair. The Lighthouse Service had learned the ice lesson well. The next Sharp’s Island Light, the third in less than 45 years, would be built to last. A new “caisson” design, first employed in 1873 in the Patapsco, was chosen. Made of cast-iron, it would be planted firmly on the bottom, filled with concrete, and surmounted by a cast-iron tower lined with bricks. No time was lost in replacing the light. An order was placed promptly


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The lighthouse tender similar to Tulip. with the Builders Iron Foundry of Providence, RI, where the plates of its “hull” were cast. The pieces were shipped that same summer to Oxford, where workers riveted the bottom section together. A cedar tank was constructed around the ironwork, temporary ways were con-

structed, and on September 13, 1881, the entire apparatus was successfully launched into the Tred Avon. The lighthouse tender Tulip towed the tank out to the chosen location northwest of Sharp’s Island, positioned so that a vessel could run a straight course to Choptank Light. This snapshot of a Chesapeake lighthouse tender similar to Tulip was provided by the late ‘Nini’ Sadler. They sank the base in ten feet of water by flooding the tank, then removing it. Concrete was poured and then the second section of the caisson was built in place. Work continued throughout the fall, and the tower was in place by year’s end, though not completed until the following May. The light was badly needed,

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however, so Keepers went aboard in January. The new fourth-order light, standing fifty-five feet above mean low water, was exhibited for the first time on the night of February 1, 1882. The handsome metal structure was distinctive and attractive. Its ironwork had a charming Victorian flair, as did its nearly identical twin, the Bloody Point Light off Kent Island. The famous “Little Red Lighthouse” underneath the George Washington Bridge in New York City at Jeffrey’s Point is another example. The light was tended by many Keepers and Assistant Keepers. “Marcy” Shockley, shown here, was

appointed to the Sharp’s Island Light in 1900 and served there for over 35 years. The Light was open to visitors from 9 a.m. until sundown and apparently was a popular excursion destination. Between January and mid-October in 1935, Shockley and Assistant Keeper Elmer Parkerson logged 305 visitors. The light was automated in 1938. One hundred and thirty years later, the Sharp’s Island Light still stands – but it had a close call. In January of 1977 it was nearly demolished by its perennial foe – ice. Locked tight in the Bay’s embrace, the incoming tide pushed against the tower with tremendous force, and continued to push until the unthinkable happened. It moved. The tilting continued, slowly, until it reached 15 degrees and witnesses became convinced she was going over. But then, to everyone’s further astonishment, it stopped. The tide turned, the ice pulled back, and she hasn’t budged since. Next day, Stanley Covington


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Sharp’s Island Light encased in the ice of 1977. went up with a friend in a plane and snapped this shot of the newly tilted light. The curious inclination made it necessary to replace the glass lens with a plastic one mounted on a leveling plate. Since then, time has taken its toll. The caisson is ochre with rust and streaked white with guano; the windows of the tower, vacant and dark. Its concrete deck has broken up and water now penetrates into

the caisson itself; the two lower decks are sealed off and waterfilled; the wooden first floor has collapsed. The General Services Administration declared the lighthouse “excess” in 2006, and then put it up for auction in 2008. When a Pennsylvania fruit farmer bid a surprising $80K, the offer was gratefully and promptly accepted. Why he bought it is anyone’s guess. Oddly enough, the farm on Sharp’s Island once was famous for its fine damson plums, but there’s not much room for an orchard out there these days. The Coast Guard extinguished the light in January of 2010. The Lighthouse still remains a massively impressive structure, a familiar landmark, and a tribute to her builders. I was last there on a bright summer day in the 1980s, together with my son, brother and sister-in-law. Our visit was quite illegal, of course, but in those days the ladder was intact and the tower door open. Who could resist? We found the interior badly deteriorated. A wooden stairway snaked up the inside wall of the tower, the 15-degree tilt making for rather interesting climbing. Even though there were no furnishings or equipment, the living and working spaces seemed small and cramped. The view from the top was, of course, breathtaking. It affords a vantage point that seems much higher than it really is. We gazed


around in wonder at Cook’s Point, Black Walnut Point and the distant western shore. I glanced down at my wife, Susan, who had elected to hold the boat off rather than scramble up the rusty old ladder. She smiled up and waved, relieved to see we had arrived safely at the top. Through the clear water, a school of skate could be seen just below the surface, dark diamonds flying slowly up the Bay past the old Light. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Announces Finalists Five world-class ensembles will compete for one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes at the upcoming 2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, to be held at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton on March 31. The five Competition finalists, the Axiom Brass Quintet, the Russian Trio, the Calidore String Quartet, the Sun-Silverstein-Lyon Trio and the Quartet LaMi, were selected from 41 applicants nationwide and represent some of the finest young chamber music performers in the world. Hailing from the East

to the West coasts, the finalists will compete for the Gold Medal prize of $10,000 and the Silver Medal prize of $5,000. The Axiom Brass Quintet, winner of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and the 2011 Fischoff Educator Award, plays a repertoire ranging from jazz and Latin music to string quartet trasncriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. The quintet is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

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The newly formed Russian Trio, whose members share Russian heritage, met while pursuing graduate degrees at The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and has already performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally. The Calidore String Quartet pays homage to its home base in California, the golden state, by blending “California” and “dore” (French for golden). The quartet, which was formed in 2010 at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, was the Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Sun-Silverstein-Lyon Trio, formed at the Kneisel Hall Chamber

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Quartet LaMi The Chamber Music Competition, which is sponsored biennially by Chesapeake Chamber Music, draws qualified applicants from all quarters of the United States and Canada. The average age of an ensemble must be under 31, and some include members as young as 21. A preliminary judges’ panel of eight notable musicians headed by J. Lawrie Bloom pared down the field to five finalists based on CD submissions. The five finalists will be judged by Marcy Rosen, Ursula Oppens and David Jolley with a live audience in attendance on March 31 at 1 p.m. The following day, each group will present an individual concert at other local venues throughout the area. The Gold Medal prize winner 156

The Sun-Silverstein-Lyon Trio will be further honored with additional concerts, including a featured appearance at the 2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. Tickets to the Chamber Music Competition cost $10 per person and students are free. Tickets will be sold at the door at the Avalon Theatre on March 31 from 1 p.m. on. The schedule of performances is to be announced. For further information visit or call the CCM office at 410-819-0380. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is underwritten by private benefactors. HARLEM QUARTET SOARS Praised for its “panache” by the 157

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New York Times and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” by the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Harlem Quartet, the Silver Medal prize and Audience Choice Award winner at the 2010 Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Competition, is soaring. According to quartet member and violinist, Melissa White, “Being a CCM finalist helped our career more than anything. I think the experience of competing and having the judges’ feedback helped to propel us as a group and set even higher goals for ourselves.”

Members of the Harlem Quartet, including White on violin, Ilmar Gavilan on violin, Juan Miguel Hernandez on viola, and Paul Wiancko on cello, have performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Baltimore and National Symphonies, to name a few. The quartet’s versatility and artistic skills have paired them with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman and pianists Misha Dichter and Chick Corea. With a desire to advance diversity in classical music, the quartet is highlighting works by minority composers and will soon launch its fourth CD – a collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta featuring a new arrangement of West Side Story for string quartet and orchestra. Since winning the Silver Prize at the 2010 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, the quartet was a featured guest performer at the Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City.

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Le’Go for LEGO What parent or grandparent has not observed a young boy break the seal of a colorful box – a rattling box – and dump hundreds of brightly colored plastic pieces onto a table? I know that statement screams “Sexist,” but honestly, I have very rarely seen a little girl excited about a LEGO construction set.

I think some psychologists surmise that little boys – of all ages – like to be in control of the world around them. Construction models and layouts allow them – okay, us – to build gadgets and micro-communities that we can manipulate and govern. Those of us who grew up in the forties and fifties will recall how

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LEGO those model train layouts made us feel like kings of the world – at least within that four-by-six-foot realm. LEGO may be the product that fulfills that need for today’s children. Stroll the toy aisles at WalMart or the plastic model section at Toys R Us, where you will likely see a grandparent with the word LEGO scrawled on a piece of paper, along with phrases like Imperial Blaster, Tokyo International Circuit or Harry Potter Hogwarts. Remember when plastic assembly models cost five dollars or less? Not these! Now, observe an elementary-

aged human male after breaking the seal on the LEGO box. The recommended age range of seven to twelve and the imprinted pronouncement that this particular set contains 842 pieces are probably lost to his consciousness as he tears open the little cellophane bags. Those bags were the only approximation of order for hundreds of intriguing plastic shapes now scattered about. And the young man, whose teacher will swear that he has the attention span of a gnat, opens the 64-page manual of instructions and embarks upon a step-by-step precision assembly process that can last for uninterrupted hours. It is easy to see how playing


with LEGOs develops spatial, mathematical and fine motor skills, as well as provides an avenue for creative development. The completed product usually looks better than the color photo on the box lid. It should be pointed out that children are not the only age group captivated by these intricate plastic bricks and components. In fact, the designation of AFOL is given to identify an Adult Friend of LEGO. All of this may lead the reader to wonder how this topic can possibly be related to travel. My first introduction to LEGO as a travel destination came in the early ’90s when I was fascinated to find a huge section of the interior court at Mall of America in Minnesota devoted to life-size sculptures and dioramas depicting famous American structures. Each of the statues and buildings was fashioned in intricate detail using the same types of interlocking bricks and shapes found in the retail play sets. I enjoy going to malls – but not to shop – so this was a real find for me. Next, I came to learn that New York City’s two largest toy stores, F.A. O. Schwartz and Toys R Us Times Square, have huge sections of their retail space devoted to LEGO sculpture. Darth Vader, larger than life-size, fashioned of 163

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one can find all manner of LEGO construction sets. Don’t expect to find discounted prices, however. In addition to boxed sets and assembled samples, there are walls containing hundreds of drawers of parts and pieces – every imaginable color and shape of LEGO brick seems to be available. For the consumer, LEGO has thousands of sets and dozens of themes. One could make the argument that the LEGO company was born from the conditions of economic depression. A Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, whose trade was suffering in the early 1930s, decided to apply his skills derived from the Danish words leg godt, translated as play

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well. Ole Kirk probably did not realize at the time he named his company that lego in Latin means I study or I put together. The current stud-to-tube coupling system was patented in the USA in 1957, and the LEGO company now produces about 19 billion bricks each year – that’s about 36,000 per minute. LEGO is also considered an art medium. Folks often choose to abandon precise step-by-step instructions and become artistic with LEGO bricks. Imagine, a successful corporate lawyer walks away from his practice and focuses his energy and talent to creating art with LEGO; in 2001 Nathan Sawaya did just that. He has

taken the Art of LEGO to some of the world’s leading galleries. World records for LEGO art and construction include such feats as: the world’s tallest LEGO tower at 94.3 feet; the world’s longest LEGO construction at 5,179.8 feet; a castle made from 400,000 LEGO bricks; and a LEGO railway line over 500 yards long, with three locomotives. The motivation to write about LEGO travel came during a recent trip to Florida when I realized that the site of Cypress Gardens near Winter Haven, the most popular attraction in the state during the ’50s and ’60s, has received new life. Where tourists use to stroll through beautiful tropical

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LEGO gardens and marvel at pyramids of bathing beauties on water skis, one now finds LegoLand Florida, a LEGO-themed park. This 150-acre family theme park opened in October 2011 and offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions geared for families with children age two to twelve. The rides and attraction are all LEGO-themed, and many are made to appear as if they are built out of LEGO bricks. LegoLand Florida is not the first of its kind, nor is it intended to be the last. The first LegoLand theme park opened in Billund, Denmark, in 1968. Today, it is

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The Comfort of Chowder Say the word chowder and it’s likely to be followed by an involuntary “mmmmm.” The first known “American” chowder recipe was published by the Boston Evening Post on September 23, 1751. As the majority of colonies bordered the sea or freshwater lakes, early chowders featured a Neptune’s catch of fish, mollusks and seafood. Today’s renditions may feature meat, vegetables, cheese, or even legumes and tofu. It’s a small wonder the dish continues to be popular around the world as it is so easy to make. Pull out a pot, toss in some ingredients, and soon you’ll be wrapping your hands around a soothing warm cup of delicious goodness.

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Chowder Fry the salt pork or bacon in a soup pot until crisp. Drain the clams, reserving juice; set clams aside. Add the onion to the bacon. Cover the pot and cook over low heat until the onion is translucent. Add the clam juice, fillets, potatoes, and salt and pepper and simmer over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the milk and clams; simmer for 5 to 8 more minutes, stirring frequently until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

MANHATTAN CLAM CHOWDER Serves 6-8 This is the classic Mid-Atlantic clam chowder, often referred to as the “red” one, not to be confused with the “white” version called New England. Always add the minced clams during the last 5 minutes or so of cooking time. Add them earlier and they’ll become tough and chewy. 2 doz. cherrystone clams, shucked, juices reserved 2 slices bacon, diced 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 rib of celery, chopped 1/4 cup sliced leeks

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Chowder 1 red or green pepper, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups clam broth 3 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 cup tomato juice 2 potatoes, peeled and diced 1/2 t. dried thyme 1/2 t. dried marjoram 1 bay leaf 1/4 t. freshly ground pepper 1/2 t. sea salt Chop the clams into large pieces. Fry bacon in a soup pot until it is crisp. Add the onion, carrot, celery, leeks, pepper and garlic to the bacon. Cover the pot and cook over low heat until the onion is translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the clam broth, reserved juices, tomatoes and tomato juice and bring to a simmer. Add the potatoes, thyme, marjoram, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat until pota-

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toes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the clams and simmer for 5 minutes more or until the clams are tender and cooked, just until their edges are curled slightly. Do not overcook the clams or they will get tough. Remove the bay leaf before serving. NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER Serves 6-8 1 qt. shucked clams with liquid reserved 3 slices salt pork or bacon, diced 2 small onions, minced 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 bay leaf (remove after 5 minutes) 1 cup water 3 cups milk, scalded 1-1/2 cups half-and-half 1/4 cup butter Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Thyme to taste Drain the clams, reserving the liquid, then chop coarsely. Fry the salt pork or bacon slowly in a soup pot until all the fat is rendered. Add the onions and sautĂŠ until golden. Add potatoes, bay leaf and water, then simmer until the potatoes are tender. Strain the reserved clam liquid, then stir into the potato mixture with the milk, half-and-half, butter and chopped clams. Add seasonings, and then simmer for 5


minutes or more. Add more seasonings if needed. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

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SEAFOOD CHOWDER Makes 12 cups 4 medium onions, chopped 1 large green pepper, chopped 4 T. butter 2 T. flour 3 - 14½ oz. cans stewed tomatoes, undrained 1 T. celery salt 1 t. garlic powder 1 t. sugar 1 t. hot sauce 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper 2 lbs. fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 lb. crabmeat

SautĂŠ onion and green pepper in butter in a large saucepan until tender; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; cover and allow to simmer an additional 15 minutes. MEXICAN CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER Makes 2 quarts Many Native American tribes also used corn to make chowder.


Chowder This will ward off winter’s chill! 3 T. butter 4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups half-and-half 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 2 14¾-oz. cans cream-style corn 1 4½-oz. can chopped green chilis, undrained 1/2 t. hot sauce 1/4 t. sea salt 1 t. ground cumin 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Melt butter in a soup pot over medium high heat. Add the chicken, onion and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in the next 7 ingredients; cook over low heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve. VERMONT CHEDDAR CHOWDER Serves 8 Vermont bills itself as the “artisanal cheese state” with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita in the country: more than 40 of them! Choose a creamy white cheddar that has been aged for 12 to 18 months for this recipe. If you are new to the idea of

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cheese soup, you will be pleasantly surprised by the lightness of this one. The chunks of carrot and potato give it a wonderful texture. 1/2 stick unsalted butter 4 carrots, scrubbed and diced 1 Vidalia onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 3 cups chicken broth* 1 lb. red-skin potatoes, scrubbed and cut into large pieces 1/4 cup flour 1-1/2 cups whole milk 8 oz. aged Vermont cheddar cheese, shredded Freshly ground pepper 2 T. fresh chives, chopped *If you don’t want to bother with

making stock, use a good canned or instant stock. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large soup pot over mediumhigh heat. Add the carrots and onion and sauté until the onion is translucent. Add the chicken broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer gently until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in the flour to make a paste. Continue to whisk over medium heat for 1 minute to brown and cook the flour. Whisking continuously, add the milk in a steady, even stream and whisk

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son to taste with pepper. Stir the cheese sauce into the soup pot and warm the soup gently over low heat. Stir in the chives and season to taste with additional pepper. Serve hot. Note: All cheese soups should be reheated very, very gently; the cheese sinks to the bottom and will burn if you don’t keep a close eye on it.

Vermont Cheddar Chowder the mixture into a thick, smooth, creamy sauce. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cheese and stir until completely melted. Sea-

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SPELT CHOWDER Serves 6 This is a dairy-free vegetarian chowder packed with nutrition and satisfying flavor. In the winter, substitute frozen or goodquality canned corn. 1/4 cup olive oil 1 lg. onion, peeled and chopped 1 lb. ripe plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped or 2 cups of good-quality canned plum tomatoes 1 large Idaho potato, peeled and diced 2 dried medium-hot red chili peppers (New Mexico or pasilla), broken in half, seeds removed 6 cups vegetable broth 2 t. sea salt 1 cup spelt kernels, rinsed and drained 2 cups corn kernels (4 large ears) or 2 cups good-quality canned corn 1/2 cup minced fresh chives Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 10 minutes to caramelize it. Stir in the tomatoes and sauté until softened and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the potato, chilies, broth and salt and allow to come to a boil. Stir in the spelt and reduce heat to a simmer. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spelt is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and discard the chili pieces, and stir in the corn and chives. Continue to simmer just until the corn is crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot. Note: Spelt kernels are available in most specialty and health-food stores, but if you can’t fine them, you can substitute wheat berries, kamut or Italian farro. Corn muffins are a wonderful accompaniment. Finally - If you’re feeling nostalgic, curious or bored, here’s that legendary New England rec-

ipe from the Boston Evening Post of 1751: “Directions for making a CHOUDER - First lay some Onions to keep the Pork from burning. Because the Chouder there can be no turning; Then lay some Pork in Slices very thin, Thus you in Chouder always must begin. Next lay some Fish cut crossways very nice Then season well with Pepper, Salt and Spice; Parsley, Sweet-Marjoram, Savory and Thyme. The Biscuit next which must be soak’d some Time. Thus your Foundation laid, you will be able To raise a Chouder, high as Tower of Babel; For by repeating o’re the Same again, You may make Chouder for a thousand Men. Last Bottle of Claret, with Water eno’ to smother ’em, You’l have a Mess which some call Omnium gather ’em.” A long-time resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith Doyle, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son.

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“Calendar of Events” notices - Please contact us at 410-226-0422, fax the information to 410-226-0411, write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601, or e-mail to The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month of publication (i.e., March 1 for the April issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. For places and times call 410-822-4226 or visit www. 1-31 St. Michaels Art League Banner exhibit: Each year the St. Michaels Art League holds a juried competition in February to select the banners that will be displayed along Talbot Street from April through November. The original artwork for these banners will be exhibited and available for sale in the St. Michaels Library during March. The exhibit will be during normal library hours. For more info. visit

Thru April 22 Exhibit: Mark Rothko: Selections from the National Gallery of Art at The Academy Art Museum, Easton. One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was a leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Most of the graphic artwork on view at the Academy Art Museum is on exhibit for the first time. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit Thru April 30 Exhibit: Neavitt - Chesapeake Charm at the Historical Society of Talbot County, Easton. Explore the many views of Neavitt in this exhibit. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773.


March Calendar 1 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 1 Horn Point Lecture Series: Bay 101 - Science of the Chesapeake for Non-Scientists in the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab Lecture Hall at the Horn Point Lab, Cambridge. 4 p.m. This week’s lecture will be Engineering with Nature: Protecting Shorelines from Erosion in a More Natural Way with Evamaria Koch. For more info. tel: 410-221-8381.

1 Lecture: An Abundant and Fruitful Land - Foodways of the Chesapeake, Now and Then series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. This lecture is Connecting People, Place and Products: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Bay. Join chef and author Barton Seaver, Steve Vilnit from DNR’s Commercial Fisheries Outreach and Marketing, and Carol Bean and Mark Connolly of Pot Pie Farm as they discuss the future of watermen, fishing sustainability in the Chesapeake and how consumers can protect the environment. 6 to 8 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit

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1 Concert: The Lucy Woodward Trio in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 1,8 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Have You Met Satan? with Sam Barnett at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 1,8,15 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The Mosaic of Moses as Leader with Rabbi Donald R. Berlin at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916.

1,8,15,22 Make It and Take It cooking class with master cook Sharon Gilroy at the St. Michaels Community Center. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sharon will share her flare for fabulous cooking and guide us each week to make a culinary delight to take home. $45 covers the class fee. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 1,8,15,22,29 The Easton Mediation Group is offering a five-session course, “Introduction to Insight Mediation,” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Easton. The introductory course provides basic instructions on insight mediation. $80. For more info. tel: 410-430-2005.

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March Calendar 2-April 1 Exhibit: Wanderlust Art Show at the Chestertown Arts League. An art show based on the theme Spring is in the Air with an opening reception on March 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-5789 or visit www. 2 First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton. 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. Raffles, gift certificates and street vendors! For more info. tel: 410770-8350.

2 Talbot Mentors Partners-In-Art Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. View artwork created by students in partnership with local artists. Light refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-770-5999. 2 Exhibit: Agnes and Bill Lemaire will showcase their work, including animals, still life, trompe l’oeil, abstract and reproductions of old masters at Occasional Art in Easton. Also on exhibit are the works from Cottage Studio Silversmiths and Roberta Carey Silk Scarves. For more info. tel: 410-822-4188. 2 Chestertown’s First Friday. Ex-

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tended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout historic downtown. For a list of activities visit: www.kentcounty. com/artsentertainment. 2 Concert: Art Songs Plus! Awardwinning vocalists from the Salisbury University Department of Music share music from Broadway, opera, and art songs at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford at 6 p.m. A Freewill offering will be accepted. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 2 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery in Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Come out with your friends for the most

fun you can have on the Shore! Light fare available for $7. For more info. visit 2 Dorchester Swingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-820-8620. 2-4,9-11 Play: The Nerd - A comedy by Larry Shue at the Church Hill Theatre. The Nerd is a hilarious comedy set in the Midwest in which an architect is visited by a man who saved his life in Vietnam. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. For more info.

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tion starts at 1 p.m. There will be hot dogs, brownies and sodas for sale. All proceeds from the sale go to local charities. For more info. tel: 410-639-7300.

tel: 410-758-1331 or visit www. 2,9,16,23,30 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 3 Landscape Design Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This workshop will address the typical challenges of homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay region. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 3 Meet the Authors - come support St. Martin’s Ministries at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, at their Meet the Author event. 10 a.m. Hear the featured authors share stories about their recent publications and get copies of their books autographed. Featured authors are Adam Goodheart - 1801 The Civil War Awakening; Caroline Preston - The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and Roger Roth - children’s author and illustrator. For more info. tel: 410-634-2497. 3 Soroptimist 17th Annual Auction at the Elks Lodge, Chestertown. Cake wheel starts at noon. Auc-

3 Fish Fry at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Cambridge. 4:30 p.m. The menu includes fish, stewed tomatoes, kale and potatoes and cornbread. Platters are $10, fish sandwiches are $5. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640. 3 Concert: The Hub Caps at Governors Hall, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments by Jimmie and Sook’s 3 Concert: Maggie Sansone and Friends in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 3-April 28 Exhibit: Paint It!, an exhibition of the bold and energetic work of Swiss-born artist Anita Peghini-Raber at the Main Street Gallery in Cambridge. Artist reception on March 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit www. 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25,31,1 Apprentice for a Day Public Boat Building Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,


St. Michaels. Learn traditional Chesapeake boat building techniques under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 4-29 Exhibit: Victor Nizovtsev at the Troika Gallery in Easton. The show features small works and drawings by one of Troika’s most popular painters. Reception on March 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-770-9190. 4 Peace and tranquility can be found at Evensong or sung Evening Prayer with the Chancel Choir at Christ Church – St. Michael’s Parish. Join us for this beautiful thirty-minute service at 5 p.m. in the church on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 5 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels, featuring naturalist and photographer Wil Hershberger. The topic will be “A Celebration of Bird Songs.” The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the program, and patrons are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desserts provided by the library. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.

with Greg Farley at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 5 Seminar: The Tidewater Camera Club’s speaker, Marie Boshoff’s seminar is entitled “Creating Images for Magazines.” Boshoff’s presentation is about how Art Directors interact with photographers to choose, use, manipulate, and collect photography for a magazine. The seminar is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wye Oak Room at the Talbot County Community Center, Easton. For more info., visit www.tidewatercameraclub. com or contact Janet at 410-9012223. Visitors are welcome.

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March Calendar 5,12,19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Discussion Programs with Phil Betsch at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 5,12,19,26 Tot Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:15 a.m. Story time and crafts for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 5,12,19,26 Bingo! at the Elks Club at 5464 Elks Club Rd., Rt. 50 in Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-6044. 6,8,13,15,20,22,27,28 Dancing on the Shore every Tuesday and Thursday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. Learn to waltz, swing, salsa, Argentine tango and more. For more info. tel: 410-482-6169. 6,13,20,27 Art Workshop: Intermediate drawing workshop sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. 1 to 4 p.m. at the Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. $100 member/$135 non-members. For more info. visit www.

6,20 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 7 , 1 4 , 2 1 , 2 8 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists meet each Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ or 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of the month is always BINGO, the second and fourth are varying activities, and the third is art class. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 7,14,21,28 St. Michaels Art League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the home of Alice-Marie Gravely. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8117. 7,21 Plant Clinic offered by the U n i ve rs i t y o f M a ry l a n d C o operative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 8 Bus Trip sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center to the Philadelphia Flower Show. $77


includes admission and bus fare. Lunch/dinner is on your own. Pickup in St. Michaels at 7:45 a.m.; pickup in Easton at 8:15 a.m. Depart for home at 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 8 Workshop: Favorite Perennials at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Adkins Arboretum Nursery Manager Joanne Healey will introduce twelve native perennials that have proven themselves worthy of the home garden. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 8 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Easton/Newnam Field - A Real

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Field Trip with Mike Henry. 10 a.m. to noon at the Easton Airport. For more info. tel: 410745-2916. 8 Horn Point Lecture Series: Bay 101 - Science of the Chesapeake for Non-Scientists in the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab Lecture Hall at the Horn Point Lab, Cambridge. 4 p.m. This week’s lecture will be Chesapeake Bay Wetlands and Water Quality - Natural and Created Marshes with Jeff Cornwell. For more info. tel: 410-221-8381. 8 Concert: Erin Dickins and Stef Scaggiari in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton.


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March Calendar 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 8,15,22,29 Thursday Writers A memoir writing class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to preserve your family’s stories. Patrons are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 10,24 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, which is always open during the breakfast and also every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 10 Class: Luscious and Lavish Oil and Pastel by Jacqueline PfaffPratt at the Talbot Visual Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The class will cover different uses of papers, boards and more. For more info. visit

10 Concert: The Guy Davis Family Show at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. 10 Workshop: Favorite Perennials at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Adkins Arboretum Nursery Manager Joanne Healey will introduce twelve native perennials that have proven themselves worthy of the home garden. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 10 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more info. visit 10 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 10 Ham and Oyster Dinner at the Galena Fire Company Hall. 3 to 6:30 p.m. All you can eat buffet of ham, fried oysters, scalloped potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, coffee, tea and assorted desserts. There is a cash bar with


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beer, wine and sodas. For more info. tel: 410-648-5104. 10 Concert: Guy Davis in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. 11 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 7 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 12 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Author with Susan McKelvey, Far on Distant Soil: From an 1850s Chatham, Mass. Signature Quilt at the Steam-

12 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Memoir Writing Group with Joan Katz at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 14 Lecture: Among the Ancients - Adventures in the Eastern OldGrowth Forests at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Biologist and nature writer Dr. Joan Maloof will discuss her love affair with ancient trees and the myriad flora and fauna that live in their

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March Calendar midst. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 14 Lecture: An Abundant and Fruitful Land - Foodways of the Chesapeake, Now and Then series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. This lecture is We Are What We Ate: African American “Discomfort” Food. Join Michael Twitty, Community African American food scholar, as he traces the history of African American Chesapeake cuisine through his experiences growing, preparing, and researching the recipes of enslaved Tidewater Africans. 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Mitchell House. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www. 14 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. Crafts for children 10 and under. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 14 Members’ Night: Make Your Property More Wildlife Friendly at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Andi Pupke with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage will discuss backyard wildlife habitat planning and management. 6 p.m. in the Van

Lennep Auditorium. Free, but space is limited. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www. 14 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail 14,28 Meeting: Chess Club of Talbot County at the St. Michaels Community Center. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 15 Horn Point Lecture Series: Bay 101 - Science of the Chesapeake for Non-Scientists in the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab Lecture Hall at the Horn Point Lab, Cambridge. 4 p.m. This week’s lecture will be Connections between Stormy Weather and Muddy Waters: Lessons from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee with Cindy Palinkas. For more info. tel: 410-221-8381. 15 Concert: Ari Shaffir in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 16 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $5 meal deal. Choose from Chicken & Dumplings, Cheese & Broccoli or Soup du Jour (either Vegetable Beef or Chili). Each


meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 16 Concert: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 17 Meeting: Tilghman Island Photography Club at Two If By Sea Cafe. 10 a.m. New members and any skill levels welcome. For more info. tel: 410-886-2447. 17 Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Master Chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. start time with a two-hour cooking demonstration to include recipe cards, followed at noon by a two-course lunch with wine for $64 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111 or visit www.

ext. 0 or visit 17 Easton’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities begins at 1 p.m. Celebrating civic pride with Irish style! An ecumenical church service will be followed by a complementary Irish tea, potato sack race, golf cart decorating competition, children’s games and a great parade that starts at 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Easton Main Street. For more info. tel: 410-820-8822. 17 Concert: Taylor Hicks at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

17 Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. $20 members, $25 general public. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, 191

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March Calendar 17 Luck of the Irish Dinner: Historical Society of Talbot County’s spring fundraiser, the Luck of the Irish Dinner at the Talbot Country Club. Tickets are $150 for HSTC members or $165 for nonmembers. $50/$65 of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Tables of eight may be reserved for $1,200. The casually festive event includes dinner, an open bar, Irish music by Poisoned Dwarf, rubbing elbows with kindred spirits, and if you’re lucky, you won’t have to pay your own way to Ireland in September 2012. A pair of berths on the tour HSTC will be offering will be raffled off

at the dinner. Each dinner ticket includes one chance to win the trip for 2. Only 250 chances will be available. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 410-822-0773. 17-18 Kent Chamber Music concert at St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall, Chestertown. Performance by Philadelphia Camerata, featuring Yoko Izuhara Gordon, piano; Charles Forbes, cello; Rebecca Harris, violin and Michael Strauss, viola. $15. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2805. 19 Meeting: St. Michaels Art League at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. 9:30 a.m. with a talk


tunity for visitors to see work by local and regional artists. This annual show includes artists from the Eastern Shore of Maryland plus surrounding areas as far away as Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-3224.

on sculpture with Joan Bennett. For more info. visit 19 Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester Volunteer Orientation Session. Crew, docent, administrative and maintenance volunteers needed. The meeting will be at the Dorchester County Public Library meeting room, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-770-9410. or e-mail 20-April 15 64th Annual Chestertown Arts League Juried Show at Heron Point, Chestertown. This show represents a great oppor-

22 Horn Point Lecture Series: Bay 101 - Science of the Chesapeake for Non-Scientists in the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab Lecture Hall at the Horn Point Lab, Cambridge. 4 p.m. This week’s lecture will be Historical Perceptions Affect Restoration Goals with Vic Kennedy. For more info. tel: 410-221-8381.

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22 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Mid-Shore Riverkeepers Film Let Our Rivers Flow with Tim Junkin at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 22 Concert: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra spring concert “Great Sax” will feature a guest conductor, Maestro Osvaldo Ferreira. He will present Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone in E  Major. 7:30 p.m. at the Easton Church of God. There is a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 888-846-8600 or visit www.

22-25 Second annual “Heart & Music” gala fundraising event presented by the Mental Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc. The gala will be on the 22nd and will once again feature the delicious catering services of Occasions Catering. 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Talbot County Auditorium. Tickets are $75. There will also be three regular-priced performances on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Regular performances are $15 adults and $5 students. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1018 or visit


23 Fabulous Fish Fry Fiesta featuring delicious fish, mac and cheese, cole slaw, rolls, desserts and beverages. Proceeds benefit El Hogar, a project that cares for and educates abandoned, orphaned and hopelessly poor boys and girls in Honduras. $10 per adult, $5 for children under 10; maximum $30 per family. Two seatings, 5 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Christ Church – St. Michael’s Parish at the Parish House on Willow Street in St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 23 Preview Party for the 19th annual Antiques Show and Sale to benefit the Mental Health Association of Talbot County. 6 to

9 p.m. in the Waterfowl Festival Building, Easton. The show will feature 18th and 19th century antiques, sporting art, silver, jewelry, garden accessories, and much more. $75 per person. Admission includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as the opportunity to meet with dealers and make advance purchases. For more info. tel: 410-822-0444. 24 Craft and Yard Sale sponsored by the Caroline County 4-H from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. All vendors are welcome. Crafters, various consultants, household items, furniture, jewelry, antiques, horse tack, pet items and


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bread Cellars to include library wines and Mark Salter’s carefully deliberated food pairings at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. $175 per person for the tasting dinner and all wines, excluding tax and gratuity. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111 or visit www.

more. For more info. tel: 410310-8934. 24 Chesapeake Cats & Dogs Spring Craft & Vendor Fair at the Kent Island Elks #2576. Over 20 crafters and vendors, bake sale, raffles, food, adorable animals, door prizes every 30 minutes. You will receive an additional door prize ticket if you bring something to help stock our kitten nursery (clumping cat litter, canned kitten/cat food, etc.). For more info. tel: 410-643-9955. 24 Workshop: The Elfin World of Mosses and Liverworts at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Mosses, liverworts and hornworts, collectively known as bryophytes, are a fascinating group of nonvascular plants that are an important component of the many habitats of the Delmarva Peninsula. Join Bill McAvoy to learn the basics. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 24 Concert: Rob Schaefer from Eddie From Ohio Family Show in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 24 An evening with the iconic Cake-

24 Concert: Eddie From Ohio at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 24-25 19th annual Antiques Show and Sale to benefit the Mental Health Association of Talbot County at the Waterfowl Festival Building, Easton. Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature 18th and 19th century antiques, sporting art, silver, jewelry, garden accessories, linens, paintings, and antique smalls in room settings. $10 for the weekend. Appraisals by appointment. For more info. tel: 410-822-0444. 25 Lecture: Made For Each Other - The Biology of the HumanAnimal Bond at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Meg Daley Olmert explains the brain chemistry that flows through, and between, all mammals, forging powerful social bonds between the species. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.

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home at 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 28 Academy for Lifelong Learning: When is Coronary Stenting Appropriate? with Scott Friedman, M.D. at the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at Memorial Hospital, Easton. 7 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 29 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Choosing Between Two Worlds with Margot Miller at the Manor House, Londonderry, Easton. 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 29 Horn Point Lecture Series: Bay 101 - Science of the Chesapeake for Non-Scientists in the Aqua-

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culture and Restoration Ecology Lab Lecture Hall at the Horn Point Lab, Cambridge. 4 p.m. This week’s lecture will be Connecting Rivers to the Ocean: River Plumes from the Chesapeake to the Amazon with Victoria Coles. For more info. tel: 410-221-8381. 29 Comedy at the Stoltz featuring some of the best comics in the nation in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. The doors open at 7 p.m. with DJ Groundhog. The show featuring Graham Elwood starts at 8 p.m. $20. For more info. tel: 410-822-

30 Workshop: Season’s Bounty at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. As the cold of winter makes its reluctant exit and the palette of the landscape goes from dormant brown to emergent chartreuse, we often gravitate toward the fresh experience – being outside, renewing the garden, eating green foods. Elizabeth Beggins will discuss growing and preparing such spring delicacies as zesty mustard, nutty arugula and elegant pac-choy. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.

Portraits by Merritt Vaughn 410-310-7236


30 Concert: Willy Porter in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 31 Spring Festival at Worton Park. Enjoy an afternoon of Easter egg hunts, egg decorating, pony rides, crafts and more. Special guest - the Easter Bunny! 1 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-1948. 31 Saturday Dinner Theatre at the Robert Morris Inn starring celebrity chef Master Chef Mark Salter and ... you! $140 per person includes canapes, fourcourse gourmet food and wine matching menu to include recipe

cards, demonstration throughout the dinner and, for a lucky few, some “one-on-one” cooking with the Chef. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111 or visit www. 31 Concert: Chester River Chorale presents L’Chaim! To Life! a gala spring concert of American music by Jewish composers featuring Alexandria Kleztet. 8 p.m. at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertwon. For more info. visit

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111 N. West St., Suite C · Easton, MD 21601 410-820-5200 · 800-785-4075 NMLS ID: 148320 ·


Jane Baker 410-924-0515 · 410-745-0415

GOLF COURSE LIVING AT IT’S BEST Delightful Cape Cod offering 3 or 4 BR’s, and

ABSOLUTELY MOTIVATED SELLER 2 full baths. Great room with fireplace, dining Owner has moved making quick possession possible. 2 bedroom townhome with golf course views, and easy parking. Priced for today’s market at $189,000.


Ideal 1910 cottage completely renovated with 4 BR’S and 2 ½ baths, open floor plan with windows on all sides offering water views from most rooms. Pier with deep water offering quick access to the Tred Avon River and only minutes to Oxford by boat. A MUST SEE at $799,000.

room, sun room, and split bedroom floor plan. Geothermal heating and cooling, Low-E windows , solar shades, hot water on demand are just a few of the many recent up-grades. Priced at $599,000.


Come with this delightful Cape Cod located on a street of picturesque homes, close to historic downtown St. Michaels and just a half block from the harbor. 3 BR’s and 2 full baths, LR with fireplace and pine floor’s throughout the first floor. Totally private and fenced rear yard. Offered for $529,000.

Benson & Mangold Real Estate, LLC

211 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 200

One-story living on Country Club Drive. Beautiful views of Trippe’s Creek. Dock. 2 acres.

Rambling residence offering 4 ft. MLW on Island Creek near Oxford. 2.9 acres, very private.



Spacious, renovated Easton Victorian with new wiring and HVAC. Sacrifice price.

5 BR residence in waterfront community near Easton. FR, DR, LR w/fireplace. 2+ acres.



114 Goldsborough St. Easton, MD 21601 · 410-822-7556 ·

March 2012 Tidewater Times  

March 2012 Tidewater Times